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2006: Foundation Recognizes Local Philanthropists
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Foundation Recognizes Local Philanthropists

Event Launches Fundraising Efforts for New Oncology Center at Central DuPage Hospital

Winfield, Ill., February 10, 2006 – Nearly 500 supporters attended a recent awards gala at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, hosted by the boards of directors of Central DuPage Hospital/Central DuPage Health and the Central DuPage Health Foundation. The celebration, entitled 2005 “A Vision of Health” Gala, helped launch the public phase of a multi-year fundraising campaign for health care services, including a new oncology center at the hospital. The sold-out event included live music, dancing and a presentation of the Central DuPage Health Foundation’s 2005 Visionary Awards.

“CDH is grateful for the enthusiastic community support demonstrated by all who joined us at this exciting and important event,” said Paul Pyrcik, director of development, Central DuPage Hospital. “We are especially grateful for the individuals and organizations who earned the 2005 Visionary Awards. They are exemplary members of a tremendously benevolent and generous support base that we are fortunate to have as friends.”

The five recipients of the Visionary Awards were cited as local philanthropic heroes whose contributions to the hospital have had a significant impact on the quality of life in our community.

The Central DuPage Health Foundation’s 2005 Visionary Awards recipients are:

  • Alan E. and Mildred A. Peterson of Glen Ellyn, for more than five decades of philanthropic vision and action, including a recent gift to support care-delivery education programs for CDH nursing staff.
  • Dr. Moira C. and Dr. Lawrence Ariano of Wheaton, for more than 20 years of generous personal financial support and contributions as physicians dedicated to the important work of healing in our community.
  • The Central DuPage Hospital Auxiliary, for raising more than $8.5 million to support the ongoing work of CDH, including a $1 million pledge in 2005 to the hospital’s current $15 million “A Vision of Health” campaign to help create a world-class cancer care center.
  • Aramark Healthcare Management Services, for three decades of philanthropic support, corporate responsibility and good citizenship, strengthening numerous CDH programs and services for all members of the community. 
  • John R. Harrell, long-time resident of the Glen Ellyn/Wheaton area, who for nearly 20 years served as chief fund-raising officer at CDH, responsible for the development of numerous fund-raising initiatives and programs, the building of many long-term relationships, and generating philanthropic support from countless individuals and organizations.

“This year’s gala far exceeded our expectations; we are already looking forward to other opportunities to celebrate advanced health care with our community,” Pyrcik announced.

If you would like to make a gift to the Central DuPage Health Foundation, please call 630-933-6644 or visit www.cdhealthfoundation.org.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. The hospital is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, as well as a new procedure for back surgeries that uses bio-engineered bone protein.

In 2005, Central DuPage Hospital was named one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Solucient, and in 2006 it was ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for treatment of stroke by HealthGrades, both independent resources for evaluating health care. Central DuPage Hospital is part of Central DuPage Health, a network including convenient care centers, occupational health services, and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org.